Barbara Bush, wife of ex-President George HW Bush, in 'failing health'

Jenna Bush Hager gets teary-eyed over ailing grandmother Barbara: 'She's in great spirits'

Former first lady Barbara Pierce Bush has passed away in Texas.

A memorial service will take place Saturday at 11 a.m.at St. Martin's Episcopal Church at 717 Sage Road.

McGrath said Mrs. Bush spent two days at Methodist Hospital earlier this month but decided not to return there when her health began to deteriorate.

Mrs. Bush has also been treated for decades for Graves' disease, which is a thyroid condition, had heart surgery in 2009 for a severe narrowing of her main heart valve and was hospitalized a year before that for surgery on a perforated ulcer.

In retirement, former President George H.W. and Barbara Bush made Houston their home, often to the adulation of their fans whether it was sneaking a smooch on the Houston Texans kiss cam at NRG Stadium to tossing out the first pitch for the Houston Astros after President Bush broke his neck in 2015. Mrs. But he has been well enough to make recent public appearances, including RodeoHouston.

The Bushes had six children.

Mrs Bush leaves behind five children, 17 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. It has taken me many years to accept that Mrs.

"I wish him well", she said.

As first lady, she promoted literacy and reading but said she was more interested in running a household than in helping her husband run the country.

"And a reminder of just what a fabulous woman she is and what a great life they've lived and what a great life we've experienced and how much they've done for so many others, including her favorite topic, which is literacy". "He is the best - thoughtful and loving". A daughter, Robin, died of leukaemia in 1953 at age 3. The Bushes married on January 6, 1945.

The couple's relationship is a true love story, which granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager described Monday as "remarkable".

"We are grateful for her". Barbara Bush's hair began to turn prematurely white after the shock of the girl's death. She says ask your aging loved ones what treatment they want before its too late for them to speak up.

She raised eyebrows in 1992 when she said abortion should be left out of the Republican platform.

She also defended them against detractors, from those who criticized her husband's decision to raise taxes in 1990 to those who opposed her son's decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003. The candid admission only bolstered her common sense and down-to-earth public image.

"I chose literacy because I honestly believe that if more people could read, write, and comprehend, we would be that much closer to solving so numerous problems that plague our nation and our society", she said. Proceeds from the books benefited adult and family literacy programs.

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